How to Gain the Respect of Those Around You

The Simple Way to Gain Respect

There’s a book titled, “A Man Called Ove” by Frederik Backman.  The character, Ove, is often described as curmudgeonly or even angry.  The book is the tale of how he softens, and it’s filled with a lot of great one liners, some hilarious, some sad, and others inspiring.  In the first third of the book, there is a flash back to when he was a teen and working for the rail yard.  Caught up in a scandal, that of course he didn’t do, he states:

“Men are what they are because of what they do. Not what they say.”

It’s simple line that perfectly sums up who he is.  Ove is a by-the-books kind of guy.  There are rules, standards, and orders in place for a reason, and he follows them.  He doesn’t say much, but you can always count on him to do what is supposed to be done.

The simple way to gain respect as an auto body repair shop in Billings

There’s an application we can all take away from this.

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Policies and Principles: Where Integrity Comes into Play

Uncompromising Integrity Helps Achieve Visions

At Big Sky Collision Center we have a vision to shake up the auto repair industry.  That vision is achieved because of our standard of uncompromising integrity.  But what happens when you get caught up in policies?  As a company grows, certain policies must be put into place so that everyone knows exactly how to handle a situation.  Sometimes, however, those policies aren’t exactly in anyone’s best interest, but rather the best interest of the company itself.

uncompromised integrity

Principles, on the other hand, are often confused with policies.  The biggest difference, however, is a simple one.  Policies change, principles never do.  At Big Sky Collision Center, we have structured policies around our principles; but the bottom line is integrity. [Read more…]

How to Define Leadership

It is Said that Leadership is Influence

If you ask people, “What is leadership?” you may get some of the following responses:

  • Leadership is being in a position of power
  • Leadership is having people follow you
  • Leadership is guiding the way so that people can easily follow

All are true answers, but there is a simpler definition of leadership.  John Maxwell puts it simply: Leadership is influence – nothing more, nothing less.

Leadership is influence

But how do we come about with that simple definition?  Isn’t there more to leadership than influence?  Certainly there’s the position, the expertise, and many other pieces of a good leader right?  The truth is that influence is the fundamental aspect of a leader; the rest follows along.
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Great Leaders are Made, Not Born

Investing in People; Building Leaders

Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we often say that we build leaders, we just happen to be good at fixing cars.  The idea behind our catch phrase, if you will, is that the most important thing in life is other people.  If we can build into, and invest into, the lives of those who work here, the final product is going to be that much better.

But there’s a big misconception out there.  Nobody really knows where it got started, or why.  The idea is that there are natural born leaders, and there are natural born followers.  But that’s not entirely true.  There are different personality types, and those types take to training better or worse.  As far as leadership goes, however, anyone can learn the skill.  As Vince Lombardi once said, “Leaders are made, they are not born.”

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The Secret to a Happy Life

Hint: It’s not about your Income

Study after study, and poll after poll have narrowed it down to what people want the most in life.  While some claim that they want a good job, a husband or wife, a nice house, and a variety of other things, when you get to the heart of it all people consistently say they want one thing: happiness.  To be happy.  To find that they look at their life and they are satisfied, joyful, and happy.

The secret to happiness

The problem, however, is that because happiness is an intangible and mostly abstract concept, people don’t know how to get it.  What makes me happy doesn’t make you happy, and may only work sometimes on another person.  We sought long and hard, and here at Big Sky Collision Center, we have discovered how to achieve happiness.

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Industry Leadership Comes by Sticking to your Standards

How Big Sky Collision Center Pursues Excellence

Matthew McDonnell Sr. grew up on a ranch outside of Great Falls. He worked hard knowing that if the work didn’t get done, it was going to be there the next day waiting for him. For our neighbors that understand ranch life, you understand that you just don’t get behind on your work.

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Matt always had an interest in cars, and as a change of pace he went to work for Acme Body Shop in Great Falls. For 13 years he gave it his all, and he learned the trade very well. But eventually, it was time for a change.

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Create the Change You Want to See

Learn to Think and Everything Else will Follow

John Maxwell has a book called Thinking for a Change.  The title makes many people smirk at first, since it seems to imply that people aren’t thinking anymore, and we need to change it up by actually thinking.  That’s not really what is implied by the title.  Instead, what is meant is that you inspire a change by deeply diving into thinking before taking action; you think to create the change.

Best auto body repair shop in Billings

In the book, Maxwell goes through 11 types of thinking that can, and will, change how you approach life, your job, and everything else.  It’s something that has been inspiring to us here at Big Sky Collision to help us become the best auto body repair shop in Billings, and we want to relay some of that information to you.
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How to Embarrass Your Friends and Family

Embarrass Them in a Good Way

Many years ago there was a group of young, aspiring musicians.  They would stay up late in the garage writing music and honing their craft.  They knew in their hearts that someday they would make it big, and they knew that it would take some hard work and dedication to their art.

They put together original songs, and were ready to make their entrance.  After performing for a talent scout at a recording company they were told, “Thanks, but no thanks.”  In short, the recording company told them that their style of music was on its way out, and they would never succeed in the industry.

That group of young musicians were known as The Beatles.

Imagine how the talent scout felt as he was watching his television, or reading the newspaper, sometime later and came across that very group of young men of whom he essentially said, had no talent?  There is no doubt that he was embarrassed!

Embarrass Your Family
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Watch Your Language!

How You Talk to Yourself Leads to Real Results

There is a saying that we are all our own worst critics.  Just take a look at anything that you have done, created, made, or completed and you will immediately notice all of the little imperfections and flaws.  Most of those imperfections and flaws aren’t noticeable to anyone but yourself.  While a certain amount of critique is good, it helps to drive us further and make us better; most of what we tell ourselves should be good things.

break the self talk cycle

This isn’t just the power of positive thinking.  This is what social scientists and psychologists have actually discovered to be true about people and they way they interact with themselves.  Here at Big Sky Collision Center we strive to be the best auto body shop in Billings.  And that means we encourage everyone that serves you to engage in positive self talk.  That’s where it all begins.
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Keep it Simple to Go Further

Simplicity is the Key to Happiness

Life gets complicated.  And as time goes on, our lives become more and more complicated.  Just look back to the 1990’s.  We had technology, but we weren’t bogged down with cell phones.  We didn’t have smart phones in our pockets, and didn’t have social media keeping us constantly connected with each other.  Life was already complicated and intricate, and as time goes on there are more and more complications and intricacies to be concerned with.


“Less isn’t more; just enough is more.”  Those words were spoken by the renowned graphic designer Milton Glaser.  You probably don’t know the words, and you may not even recognize the name.  But you almost certainly know his work.  He is the man behind the I ❤ NY logo that is printed onto millions of tshirts every year.

How can we adopt the simplicity lifestyle in order to achieve happiness?
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